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King of the penguins shoots and scores £16,000 for charity

 

 

 A 6ft statue of a king penguin is sitting with his feet up today after netting a cool £16,000 for CR Smith boss Gerard Eadie’s 16th charity clay pigeon shoot, taking the total amount of funds raised by this year’s event to £240,000.

The Shoot, organised by Mr Eadie’s Shoot Charitable Trust, took place on Sunday (13 Aug) at Auchterhouse Country Sports, near Dundee.

Attracting 41 teams of shooters and a total of 365 guests, including players from the Glasgow Warriors and style icons Sarah Murray and Anna Freemantle-Zee, the event raised £120,000 each for JDRF, the leading type 1 diabetes research charity and Maggie’s cancer centres.

The total raised by The Shoot is now £2.94m, which has been donated to a number of charities.

Celebrity chefs Nick Nairn and Tony Singh took part in the competition along with comedian Fred MacAulay, while The Overtones and Joe Stilgoe performed. Fashion shows were provided by Drapers award winner Jane Davidson. 

Gerard Eadie CBE said:

“Each year The Shoot goes from strength to strength and we are fortunate to have the support of a generous group of people, who help us raise funds for two worthy charities.

“It has become increasingly clear to me how much our contribution means to the families these charities support.

“Cancer and type 1 diabetes can be particularly hard when they hit anyone, especially children, leaving families facing life-changing challenges.

“The money raised at The Shoot gives hope and comfort to those families, which I’m very grateful for.”

A MINI Cooper was raffled and the live auction added to the excitement of the day, featuring items such as a Glen Scouller painting, a VIP package to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a luxury villa in Marbella, as well as the stunning penguin sculpture.

Painted by Janice Aitken from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, the ‘King of The Shoot’ is dressed like a true country gent with tweeds, a checked shirt and a shotgun. He is part of a colony which will see giant sculptures of penguins waddling the streets of Dundee in next summer’s Penguin Parade. Each sculpture will be individually designed and painted by local artists where they will all eventually be auctioned in aid of Maggie’s.

The Shoot is sponsored by CR Smith, Adam & Company, Blaser, Bridgend Aggregates, FES, Hydroscot Energies, James Keiller Estates, James Paterson & Sons, Pickering’s Gin, Ramco, Rolls-Royce Edinburgh, Entier, Arnold Clark and Yorkes of Dundee.

 

The Shoot 2016 

2016 Team Hosts 

Charity clay pigeon shoot raises record £270,000

Forty-two teams of shooters and a total of 380 guests raised a record £270,000 at an annual charity clay pigeon shoot that took place at Auchterhouse Country Sports, near Dundee last weekend (August 14th).

The money raised at The Shoot will be split equally between Maggie’s Cancer Centres (Dundee) and JDRF, the type 1 diabetes research charity. For each, the £135,000 donation represents a significant injection of cash.

Now in its 15th year, The Shoot has raised more than £2.7m for various charities and attracts widespread support from the shooting community, businesses and celebrities for its full day of competition, hospitality and entertainment. This year guests were treated to a cookery demonstration led by chef Tony Singh, and assisted by comedian Fred MacAulay, while Scotland and Glasgow Warriors rugby stars Al Kellock, Johnny Gray, James Malcolm and Adam Ashe hotly contested the shooting prizes.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Aston Martin Edinburgh added to the prestige of this year’s event, which also saw one lucky raffle winner drive away in a MINI Cooper.

Music and the dancing was led by Soul Brothers.

The Shoot is organised by CR Smith boss Gerard Eadie CBE’s Shoot Charitable Trust:

“This was a fantastic day. To raise so much money is a measure of the spirit of generosity and friendship that The Shoot generates. We have a lot of fun but raising money is at the heart of what we do.”

Speaking of the charities, he said:

“Both JDRF and Maggie’s are helping change and improve people’s lives in very different ways.  JDRF’s dedicated research will help find the cure to type 1 diabetes and potentially unlock other auto-immune conditions such as MS and Crohn’s; while through its services Maggie’s finds a way to give those living with cancer and their families a calm and more positive perspective on their lives. Both are extremely important to thousands of families here in Scotland, offering hope and comfort.”

Lydia Warrilow, Regional Fundraising Manager for JDRF, added:

"JDRF is very grateful to all who made the Auchterhouse Shoot such a great success, from those who helped organise and run the event, to the sponsors and all the participants and guests. We're humbled by the generosity of each and every donation. The amount raised is truly fantastic and will go towards supporting vital research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes."

The Shoot sponsors also include Adam & Company, Entier for the catering, Yorkes of Dundee, CR Smith, Ramco, Borland Insurance, James Keiller Investments, Arnold Clark, James Jamieson Construction, Le Chameau, McCloys Guns Unlimited and LAING Edinburgh.

 

The Shoot 2015

  

CELEBRITIES FROM TV AND SPORT HELP RAISE £200,000 NET AT ANNUAL CHARITY SHOOT

A host of celebrities led by singer Mica Paris joined CR Smith boss Gerard Eadie CBE, to raise more than £200,000 after costs at his 14th annual charity clay pigeon shoot, taking the total raised from this event to £2.4million.

The Shoot, organised by Gerard’s Shoot Charitable Trust, took place on Sunday 9th August at Auchterhouse Country Sports, near Dundee, attracting 40 teams of shooters with a total of 350 guests, helping raise £100,000 each for Maggie’s Cancer Centres and JDRF, the leading Type 1 diabetes research charity. 

Celebrity chefs Nick Nairn and Paul Rankin were also on hand during the day to entertain supporters with their culinary masterclass while top Scottish comedian and presenter, Fred MacAulay injected his own humour to the live demonstrations. 

Further into the afternoon, singer Mica Paris got everyone on their feet dancing before settling down to enjoy a first class meal served up by Entier, who sponsored the five star catering throughout the day.

Gerard Eadie CBE said:

“The Shoot has become an annual gathering of friends, who not only enjoy the fun of the clay pigeon competition but also some fantastic entertainment and gourmet food, while raising a staggering amount for the charities we support. The fact that so many return each year and are always prepared to join in with the fundraising is tremendously satisfying.

“We’re very fortunate to have most of our running costs covered by sponsors, which means that the money raised can go straight to our charities, while the event itself is run entirely by volunteers who selflessly give up their time to help.”

The live auction also added to the excitement of the day with items including VIP tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, VIP hospitality at the Dunhill Cup Final and a truly money-can’t-buy experience from D.C. Thomson with the highest bidders winning their own caricature set to feature in the Beano, contributing an additional £19.5k to the fund’s total.

Peter Jones, Chairman of JDRF in Scotland, added:

“As one of the charities to benefit, I can’t thank everyone enough for the enthusiasm and enormous generosity on the day. The way this event is organised is exceptional and I’d like to add my appreciation to everyone who donated either their time, services or the great prizes on offer. It means our share of the money raised at The Shoot will go directly to helping us find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.”

The Shoot also welcomed Alastair Kellock, Josh Strauss, Jon Welsh and Peter Horne of the Glasgow Warriors to the event. Peter, known for his skills on the rugby field, proved he was not a one-trick pony however by scooping the Top Rookie Gun prize.

Other winners included Adam & Company for Top Half Shot Team, Muir Group who won The Flypast, Brian Paterson of James Paterson & Sons for Top Game Shot Gun and Bill Dunnett who took home the prestigious David Hendry Trophy.

The Shoot is sponsored by Adam & Company, CR Smith, Entier, Hunter Boot Ltd, UBS, James Keiller Estates, John Clark Group, McCloys Guns Unlimited, Ramco, Roll-Royce Motor Cars Edinburgh and Yorkes of Dundee.

 

The Shoot 2014

Celebrities out in force to help raise £190k at annual shooting event

 
Commonwealth Games medallist, chefs, comedian and rugby stars attend The Shoot at Auchterhouse Country Sports
 
The annual clay pigeon shoot hosted by CR Smith chairman Gerard Eadie CBE raised a phenomenal £190,000 for Maggie’s and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
 
The money raised will be split equally between the two charities.
 
The Shoot, the thirteenth, attracted 40 teams of shooters in the Amateur, Game Shot and Professional categories and was attended by Drew Christie, the Commonwealth Games Skeet silver medallist, who presented some of the prizes.
 
Non-shooters were entertained by celebrity chefs Nick Nairn and Paul Rankin who gave a Quick Cooks cookery demonstration with comedian Fred MacAulay and Scottish rugby star Alastair Kellock lending a hand.
 
Meanwhile, the fabulous Elle and the Pocket Belles performed for guests and added their unique style and encouragement to the shooting competition.
 
In total, 370 people took part in the fundraiser which took place at the Auchterhouse Country Sports, near Dundee, on Sunday 10th August.
 
Gerard Eadie CBE said:
 
“The Shoot was another great success. Every single penny of the £190,000 raised is going to help two much needed and very important charities,  Half will go to support Maggie’s, which provide vital help to those diagnosed with cancer. And half will go to a research project at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee which is seeking a cure for type 1 diabetes through JDRF.
 
“I would like to thank everyone who came along and to our sponsors, who help make this possible.”
 
Teams taking part this year included RAF Leuchars, who took the prize for Top Amateur Team for the second year in a row, and a team from the Glasgow Warriors, who swapped a rugby ball for the clays but missed out on this year’s prizes. Stirling Optical, walked away with Top Amateur Flush, Hunter Sovereigns won Top Flypast, Delson, Top Game Shot Flush and Gibson’s Chancers, Top Game Shot Team.
 
Other trophy winners included the professional teams from McCloys Guns Unlimited and Harry Taylor and Company, who were delighted to receive their prizes from Drew Christie.
 
The individual winners were Andrew Craig, Rhona Eadie, Paul Harris and Ian Montgomery.
 
As well as silverware, the winners were awarded prestigious prizes including Go-Pro cameras, Laksen shooting jackets and Tom Morris leather holdalls. This year’s auction prizes included a day with The Red Arrows, a luxury holiday in Barbados and X Factor tickets.  The prize draw for a brand new Nissan Juke was won by Shonagh Brown who celebrated with husband Sandy.
 
Gerard concluded:
 
“The Shoot is a great event for corporate hospitality, attracting a wide range of people from the business community and I’m delighted that many go on to take up shooting as a hobby. Over the years, I’ve found the Shoot to be a great way to introduce people to the sport and many are now regular members of the shooting community.”

 

28 July 2014

Drew Christie wins silver!

Congratulations to Drew Christie of Aucterhouse Country Sports who won a silver medal in the Skeet at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

 

The Shoot 2012

The Shoot raises £140k for Barnardo's and JDRF

The annual clay pigeon shoot, hosted by CR Smith chairman Gerard Eadie CBE, raised a staggering £140k for Barnardo’s Scotland and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), taking the total raised so far from the event to £1.9million. The Shoot, the twelfth in succession, attracted 40 teams of shooters in the Amateur, Game Shot and Professional categories. Non-shooters were entertained by a 'Sunday Kitchen' cookery demonstration with celebrity chefs Nick Nairn, Paul Rankin and Michael Smith while comedian Fred MacAulay was on hand to taste their creations.

After lunch, guests were treated to a performance by X-factor finalist Amelia Lily.

In total, 400 people took part in the fundraiser which took place at the Auchterhouse Country Sports, near Dundee. 

Gerard Eadie CBE said:

“The Shoot was another great success. The money raised this year is going specifically to a research project at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and to Barnardo’s Caern House, which is just outside Edinburgh.

“I would like to thank everyone who came along and to our sponsors, who help make this possible.”

Teams taking part this year included RAF Leuchars, who scooped the title of Top Amateur Team.  The team of RAF personnel, hosted by Air Commodore Gavin Parker, was made up of Wing Commander Neville Clayton, Flight Lieutenant Richard Heap and Major Jed Miller.  To help with the fundraising, RAF Leuchars kindly donated a VIP day at the Jubilee Airshow on 15 September to the auction, including the chance of a lifetime to take a trip in the Blades display aeroplanes.

Other trophy winners included Craneware (top Amateur Flush), Sabre Safety (top Game Shot Flush), Morphie Estates (top Game Shot team), Carnegie Base Services (top Flypast), James Keiller Estates (top Professional team) and Guns Unlimited (top Professional Flush). 

The individual winners were Anne Gardner, who beat off a record number of lady competitors to win top Lady, Tony Bancewicz, who won top Amateur gun, Chris Dewbury, top Game Shot gun and Ian Mason, top Professional gun.

As well as silverware, the winners were awarded prestigious prizes including Bose Sound Docks, Garmin Sportswatches, an ipad 4, and Oakley customised glasses. The prize for the top Game Shot team was four Bettinsoli shotguns.

Richard Gibson of Petrofac won the prize draw to drive away with a new Audi A1 Sport.

Gerard concluded:

“The Shoot is a great event for corporate hospitality, attracting a wide range of people from the business community and I’m delighted that many go on to take up shooting as a hobby. Over the years, I’ve found the Shoot to be a great way to introduce people to the sport and many are now regular members of the shooting community.”